Putting red delicious in its place.
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You may also remember how the USDA measured the antioxidant content of different varieties of apples. red delicious shot to #1, with granny smith in a surprise upset taking the #2 slot.
But people kept asking me What about Cortland? What about Empire, What about McIntosh? Everyone has their own favorite. Someone even asked me: What about crabapples? And all I could say was: I have no clue; that’s all in fact anyone could say, because they hadn’t been tested. Until now.
Twenty-one different varieties tested. I mean why bite into a red delicious when you can bite into good old 56-9-181 apple? There’s actually 7500 different types of apples, but let’s look at some crowd favorites. In alphabetical order: braeburn, Cortland, crabapples, empire, golden nugget, honeycrisp, and idared.
Here’s the graph, and… we have a new winner! In fact two new winners, putting red delicious in its place. We have a new loser too—less nutrition than even a Fuji!
Let’s start there. Which one’s the least nutritious apple? And the bad apple is… golden nugget.
What about #1? Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the healthiest of them all? Let’s take a bite out of the tree of knowledge. Crabapples!
Crabapples? Gross. What’s this one? What’s the healthiest apple you can actually buy? Five options left to choose from: braeburn, cortland, empire, honey crisp, or idared. Well… it’s not… McIntosh, … not empire, … not braeburn—oh, I love braeburn, and not… Cortland.
The healthiest apple apple, beating out red delicious is idared.
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